A French court has jailed three Russian fans for two years for their role in violence in Marseille before the England-Russia opening match in the Euro 2016.
Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russian supporters detained by French police in southern France on Tuesday after the pitched battles which left at least 35 people injured.
Yerunov who is supporters’ liaison officer at Lokomotiv Moscow received the longest prison sentence of 24 months.
Gorbachev, who leads a supporters’ club at Russian second division club Arsenal Tula, was jailed for 18 months while Morozov got 12 months.
European Football Governing Body (UEFA) had warned England and Russia that they could be thrown out of the European championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.
Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday, June 11, which ended in a 1-1.
The Marseille police confirmed that eight people were arrested, including British, Russian and French citizens and emphasised that four of the injured were in serious condition on Saturday.
Source: Channels Tv